THE University of the Philippines campus in Baguio City (UPB) suspended face-to-face classes this week due to a spike in COVID cases.
In a memorandum, UPB vice chancellor for academic affairs Rosemary Gutierrez said 21 COVID cases had been reported at the university as of April 29.
“All cases have been reported to the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. The infected individuals have been advised to undergo isolation for seven days and self-monitoring for close contacts,” the memorandum said.
“This is to allow those who have been exposed to the virus to complete their incubation period and prevent further transmission within the campus. We understand that this may inconvenience some of our students, but the safety of our community is our top priority,” the memo added.
Gutierrez advised UPB faculty members to prepare and deliver their asynchronous classes from May 2 to 5.
“Please observe all safety precautionary measures and avoid crowd-gathering activities during this time for a safer UPB campus,” she said.
The UPB library said it would implement limited face-to-face service during the period, with priority given to thesis writers.
UPB said Baguio is classified as “medium risk” for COVID, with an average one to seven new infections daily per 100,000 people.